Enigma Broadcast is the sister company of Tech-NicSmart (an independent digital technology specialist that I have worked with in the past) offering an innovative range of professional broadcast quality LCD monitors.
I was briefed to create a logo that would receive its first official viewing alongside the very latest tech product launch at the IBC Expo in Amsterdam. The only stipulation was that it should complement the existing visual identity of their sister company, and with enigma as part of the name, I wasn’t short on inspiration; quickly gathering visual reference and research with which to generate a selection of ideas.
The logo idea is based on a stylised broadcast symbol that emanates from the centre. The font used is Gill Sans, a sans serif frequently used to recreate the look and feel of the WW2 ‘KEEP CALM…’ poster, and a pertinent connection to the time of Turin’s invention of the code breaking Enigma Machine. To bring it all together, I used the existing colour palette of sky blue, metallic greys and magenta, with the addition of a metallic texture to create a visually interesting and 3D effect for the business cards.
The other options I presented are more typographic, as certain characters have been replaced with numbers, mixing both upper and lowercase – much like we are now advised to do in order to create a stronger and more secure password online – or a combination of numbers and alpha characters replacing the more familiar patterns, but still retaining legibility. Notice that the ‘B’ in Broadcast is actually a 1 and 3? There are a few other enigmatic touches too…
The outer shape for third logo option also references the outer shape of the Enigma Machine badge, but with a slightly updated aspect to better suit the typographic alignment. My client liked all three, but ultimately the simplicity and badge-like quality of the broadcast symbol won the day.
There have been several subtle but effective developments in the design of this logo and visual identity for Mossarti. It’s usually the client’s prerogative to like parts from each of the original designs and to request something that is a combination of these. This can sometimes result in a tricky and unhappy compromise, but in this instance I think you’ll agree that the current result is a success. There’s still more to do before a decision is reached, but it’s nearly there!
These are also alternatives that were developed when the potential for expansion in to other business areas was discussed.
Tech-nicSmart specialise in offering very large format monitors (70” to 82”), digital information displays and the very latest innovations in screen-based equipment for a wide variety of sectors from education to retail. Their rapidly expanding customer base operates within both B2B and B2C markets, so this is one of the key factors I applied to my design rationale.
Both of these options take a lot of visual inspiration from mathematical and scientific reference – one with more subtlety than the other as I think you’ll agree. The first also has a distinctly fun retro-tech look and feel that was inspired by 1950s science fiction and our rapidly burgeoning obsession with science and technology from that time.
At this early stage in development both ideas are visualised as business cards (an ever popular device at any trade show) and how the website could look on a standard desktop. The next stage will be to apply the chosen identity to a suite of business literature, as well as produce a simple, effective and responsive brochureware site. Tech-nicSmart may not deal in small screens, but their customers certainly will.
Based on early feedback, the retro-tech version appears to be the winner, which is great news. It also means that it’ll soon be time for me to brush up on my CSS build skills – wish me luck!
One of the most time-intensive, but ultimately rewarding elements of design consultancy is compiling and writing corporate identity guidelines. Its logo, fonts and colour palette (amongst other things) define the skeleton of any company’s corporate identity but the real heart of it all comes together to form the brand and to ultimately visually communicate how any professional organisation wishes to be perceived by its customers, clients and suppliers – to hopefully build trust and positive ongoing relationships, as well as knowledge, ownership and expectation of service levels.
Concentium is a small ‘boutique’ technical and financial advisory service that has big plans for the future. They aim to provide a rapid, progressive and individually tailored service to their clients in a highly competitive marketplace frequented by larger and better-known organisations and this business objective is embodied by all of the elements that make up their corporate identity. By creating their Corporate Identity guidelines, my role has been to ensure that this message is consistently and professionally communicated both internally and externally.
Equipped with just two Photoshop logo files and one printed business card I put my best ‘semiotic deconstruction hat’ on (thanks Edward de Bono for the metaphor) and set about defining all of the basic guideline information required. There is no doubting that Photoshop is a fantastically useful and powerful application, but it really isn’t designed for logo creation and manipulation, so I started by redrawing all of the main elements so that they could be edited for scale, resolution and colour. A primary and supporting colour palette broken down by Pantone, RGB, CMYK and hexadecimal reference, as well as fonts, a library of illustrative style imagery and definition of overall tone of voice soon followed.
A technical development team are currently building a fully content manageable website, so the guidelines and related visual assets I created are now helping to form the basis of the site’s look and feel, which this is scheduled for release in the next couple of months. Watch this space for updates!